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01-11-2005 18:33:13

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I have a flip type shut off valve mounted at the bottom of my Ford 960 gas tank. It's a 55 model tractor, and the flip valve is leaking. I've got it apart, but had to sort of bend the valve plate to get our the valve piece. I'm assuming that this is to be servicable, but not sure how. One person said to fill the valve section with solder and put a shut off down stream between tank and carb. Any thoughts? Can I just clean out the bore from the old shut off and fill with plumbers solder? I'm a little concerned that valve lever and flat flange is damaged from disassembly. Servicing may not be a good idea.

Somebody said this is a valve for corn picking to allow rapid shut off??
Maybe just an old model?

Any advice, thanks in advance!

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01-12-2005 19:55:26

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 Re: fuel tank shut off in reply to moday, 01-11-2005 18:33:13  
I have the screw type on my 641 and I have also heard the horror stories.
Mine does not leak but it is a pain to turn off & on as the brass screw is getting worn out at the slot.

I am considering finding a solenoid to operate with the key switch downstream of the valve so I can leave it open & the solenoid will shut off the fuel with the key.

I think I might find one from a deisel but as of yet have not done enough research.

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01-12-2005 06:17:00

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 Re: fuel tank shut off in reply to moday, 01-11-2005 18:33:13  
I have the lever-type shut off valve on my 55 860. This valve is a piece of junk. I have bought 5 of them (plus another 3 or 4 that I have been able to convince the dealer to exchange as they leaked immediately when installed) from NH within the past 10 years at prices ranging from about $40+ to the latest price of about $56. None have lasted more than 1 or 2 years before failing to shut off, leaking around the stem, or both. I have had no success trying to service any of the 5 leaking ones in my collection but your idea of sealing off the assembly so as to install an in-line shut off valve downstream sounds good. Unfortunately, due to the mounting arrangement and the clearance issue, using the casting seems necessary.

Based upon my experience, I would not recommend buying a new one.

Good luck.


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